maximize comfort and efficiency in your home

Our homes are meant to be places of comfort and sanctuary, where we can relax and decompress away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. They’re a place to socialize and make memories with friends and family, and indulge in your favorite hobbies. As such, we want them to be as cosy and welcoming as possible.

However, without the right setup, it’s tricky to maximize comfort and efficiency in your home. Annoying chilly drafts or harsh lighting can easily wiggle their way in, distracting you from fully relaxing into your space. Luckily, there are some solutions – let’s explore three areas you should focus on to create your perfect home.

Heating and Cooling

The temperature of your home is crucial for both your health and your comfort. Rooms that are either too hot or too cold can impact everything from your mood to your sleep, as your body’s regulatory system has to work harder to keep you balanced. If you work at home, it’s even more crucial to get the temperature right – research has shown that even a 1℃ rise above optimal can reduce productivity.

Installing a modern heating system such as a heat pump and underfloor heating combination can keep things feeling comfortable, cost less over time, and is better for our planet, boasting around 400% efficiency. Instead of having hot spots around your property, the ambient temperature is pleasantly warm. You can even zone your home to ensure that you’re not overheating areas you’re not using.

maximize comfort and efficiency in your home

Insulation

If you’re not in the market for a new home heating system, the next best thing you can do is to look at your insulation. Proper insulation ensures that heat stays in when your radiators are on, but also stops your home from overheating during the summer months. This improves your comfort, but also lowers your heating costs. It works for air conditioning too – your unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at your chosen temperature, speeding up the cooling process.

Again, not only does effective insulation keep the temperature of your home stable, it’s also better for the environment – so you can sit back in comfort, knowing you’ve made a difference.

maximize comfort and efficiency in your home

Smart Lighting

Having the right lighting in a room can make all the difference to how it feels. Not only can it change the mood, but it can also help regulate your circadian rhythm. With many of us now spending a lot of time indoors, we rely on artificial lighting to help us wake up in the morning and wind down for bed – signals that our ancestors would have got purely from the sun. Modern technology allows you to set a ‘routine’ on your smart lighting, automatically changing the lights in response to the time of day, or even the weather.

When it comes to efficiency, smart lighting is key. Smart bulbs last around 15 times longer than an older, incandescent bulb, and can be controlled from an app, meaning you can easily switch them off, wherever you are. Depending on how far you want to take it, you can even install motion sensors that detect when you walk in and out of a room; when there’s no activity for a while, your lights will automatically turn off.

Create Your Perfect Home

It’s clear that often, comfort and efficiency go hand-in-hand. Plus, the reduction in energy consumption reduces both your carbon footprint and your bills. Small upgrades can make a huge difference to comfortability at home – find solutions that work for you and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits for years to come.

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Hi, I’m Frankie. This is my blog (Thoroughly Modern Grandma) about blending old fashioned values with modern technology, whilst trying to reduce our waste and be a little kinder to our Planet.

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